How Detective Pikachu Movie Makes Pokemon Work In The Real World

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How Detective Pikachu Movie Makes Pokemon Work In The Real World

In Lovecraftian lore, horrors exist that the mind simply cannot comprehend. While the facade of our world usually keeps us safe from it all, on occasion, supernatural beings pierce through the veil. These Old Gods are creatures humankind was never meant to bear witness to; a reminder of our insignificance in a universe we don't have the capacity to fully understand.

Those who gaze upon the Old Gods are left broken. They are driven insane as they struggle to reconcile their understanding of how the world should be with the eldritch truths suddenly thrust upon them. In 2018, at a secluded location in England, I felt this same madness creeping into my own mind. I stood before otherworldly creatures that were deeply familiar to me, and yet also entirely alien. I locked eyes with them and my psyche began to fracture; my reality began to distort.

Just then a nice Japanese man handed me a Pokemon goodie bag and thanked me for coming to the set of the Detective Pikachu movie. I politely smiled and nodded while still transfixed on a small furry Pikachu standing a few feet away. I wasn't ready to see that. As I wrestled with the ramifications of it, a guy with his arm up a Charizard's neck appeared and began aggressively waving its head around while making faint roaring sounds. Behind him was a shirtless dude jumping up and down shouting "attack."

Apex Legends Battle Pass Releases Tomorrow Alongside Octane

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Apex Legends Battle Pass Releases Tomorrow Alongside Octane

Apex Legends developer Respawn promised that the game's first battle pass would launch in March, and now we know exactly when. The game has announced that its Season 1 Battle Pass will hit on Tuesday, March 19 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 5 PM GMT, offering a new character and loads of new loot to collect. It will cost you 950 Apex Coins (roughly $10). A Battle Pass Bundle is also available for 2800 Apex Coins, which also instantly unlocks the next 25 levels for the season.

In addition to a variety of rewards you unlock immediately by buying the Battle Pass, you'll be able to level it up to earn other skins, cosmetics, and even Apex Coins. A select number of rewards are available to all players, but the vast majority require you to buy the Battle Pass. If you do pick it up--which you can effectively do for cheaper with EA/Origin Access--you can earn up to 1,000 Apex Coins, effectively letting you earn back the cost of entry, and enough to buy the next Battle Pass.

Each battle pass will include about 100 rewards, including seasonal items for all players and some exclusive kit for battle pass owners. Rewards will apply retroactively if you decide to buy your battle pass later. Purchasing the battle pass will also net you extra Apex Packs as part of your rewards, giving you more chances for random skins and other cosmetics beyond the exclusive ones offered directly.

Apex Legends' Season 1 Battle Pass Releases Tomorrow

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Apex Legends' Season 1 Battle Pass Releases Tomorrow

Apex Legends developer Respawn promised that the game's first battle pass would launch in March, and now we know exactly when. The game has announced that its Season 1 Battle Pass will hit on Tuesday, March 19 at 10 AM PT, offering a new character and loads of new loot to collect. It will cost you 950 Apex Coins (roughly $10). A Battle Pass Bundle is also available for 2800 Apex Coins, which also instantly unlocks the next 25 levels for the season.

As suspected, the new character is Octane. The PlayStation Blog outlined his powers, including an Adrenaline Junkie ability to trade health for speed, and a limitless supply of Stim health. He also has his Launch Pads as an Ultimate Ability, giving himself and teammates a serious vertical boost. It's unclear at this point how Octane will be unlocked.

Octane appeared in an accidental update on the Origin storefront, which Respawn later acknowledged was an "unintentional update about Season 1." Later jump pads began appearing in the game, all but confirming the rumors about the new character's power set.

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Gets Retro First Poster

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Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Gets Retro First Poster

The first poster for Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been released. The latest movie from the revered director of Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained arrives in July, and as the title suggests, is a sprawling LA-set drama that stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

The poster itself isn't exactly the most striking one released for a Tarantino movie, but it does have a suitably retro look. It shows DiCaprio as fading Western star Rick Dalton and Pitt as his stunt-double and pal Cliff Booth. They are shown posing in front of a car and the Hollywood Hills... and that's basically it. The good news is that the first trailer is set to arrive very soon, but in the meantime here's the poster:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theaters on July 26 and features probably the most ridiculously star-studded cast of the year (outside of Avengers Endgame of course). As well as DiCaprio and Pitt, it stars Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, the actress who was murdered by the Manson family in 1969 and in Tarantino's movie lives next door to Dalton and Booth. There's also roles for Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, Scoot McNairy, Damian Lewis, Emile Hirsch, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Lena Dunham, plus Luke Perry, who shot a role before his death earlier this month.

Pokemon Go Spring Event Starts Tomorrow

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Spring is just around the corner, and Niantic is celebrating the start of the season with a special event in Pokemon Go. Beginning tomorrow, March 19, the developer is holding an equinox event in the hit mobile game, which will feature increased Grass-type Pokemon spawns, new Field Research tasks, and more.

During the equinox event, Grass Pokemon such as Oddish, Exeggcute, Shroomish, and Sunkern will appear in the wild more frequently than normal. On top of that, the rare Rock/Psychic-types Lunatone and Solrock--each of which is typically exclusive to certain parts of the world--will swap regions for the duration of the event.

In addition to the increased Pokemon spawns, Niantic is doling out a special set of limited-time Field Research tasks centered around Grass Pokemon during the event. Grass Pokemon will also appear as Raid Bosses, and two moves--Acid Spray and Leaf Tornado--are being added to the game permanently.

Fortnite's Newest Vehicle, The Baller, Disabled Temporarily

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Citing an unexpected technical issue, Epic Games has disabled Fortnite's latest vehicle, the Baller. The hamster ball-like vehicle went live recently with the 8.10 update, and sported a Boost and Grappler to let you swing around trees or climb cliffs.

In a tweet, Epic Games said it is investigating a stability issue surrounding the Baller and will issue a status update once it knows more. This could be related to an apparent exploit that allowed players to launch themselves high into the air. Until the issue is fixed, you'll just have to look elsewhere for your deadly hamster ball fix.

The Baller protected players from damage while inside the enclosure, but enemy fire could destroy the vehicle itself with its 300 health. It's fairly common for Fortnite updates to hit an unexpected issue and be temporarily disabled, as in the case of dynamite and guided missiles, among others.

New Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Trailer Delivers Spectacle And Scares

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Monsters fans will have much to celebrate this summer when the biggest movie monster of them all returns to screens. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the follow-up to 2014's blockbuster Godzilla, and sees the legendary radioactive reptile joined by several other classic creatures from Godzilla mythology. A new teaser has now been released.

While this teaser is a lot shorter than the most recent trailer, it contains plenty of new footage. We see Godzilla being studied in a giant tank by a group of scientists--including Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch--causing the Big G to light up his back and thunder past them in scary style. There's also brief shots of three-headed King Ghidorah and the winged Rodan doing battle, plus a villainous voiceover from Charles Dance. Check it out below.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is directed by Michael Dougherty, whose previous credits include the Christmas monster movie Krampus. It stars Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Kyle Chandler (Game Night), and Millie Bobbie Brown (Stranger Things), plus Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Ken Watanabe (Inception), and O'Shea Jackson Jr (Straight Outta Compton). It hits theaters on May 31, 2019. For more check out everything we know about Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

The Division 2 Reviews Roundup

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The Division 2's release date has finally arrived. The game is available on store shelves around the world, meaning players are once again diving into Dark Zones and looting friends and enemies alike, except this time in the dramatic surroundings of Washington DC.

The question is, though, is this sequel any good? GameSpot's Division 2 review-in-progress awarded the game a 9/10, with Edmond Tran stating he's "still enamored with" the sequel after 30 hours of game time.

For more on the critical consensus on The Division 2, read on below. Alternatively, see a wider view on critics' opinions on GameSpot sister site Metacritic.